The Traditional Carved Wood Guitars of Japan are Incredibly Beautiful

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The Inami style of wood carving dates back to Eighteenth Century Japan. The master craftsmen there make the finest sculptures and other implements rendered in wood. In addition to more traditional uses for their craft, the artisans also make bodies for electric guitars. They are breathtakingly beautiful, especially the guitar bodies shaped like dragons. You can view more of them at Rocket News 24.


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5 Ways NOT To Handle A Nasty Facebook Breakup

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Some Facebook etiquette rules are presented here as a 194s-style educational film. The anachronistic idioms are hilarious! Facebook itself is described here as “the electric friendship generator.” But the advice here deals with real-life modern social conventions, and it can be boiled down to “think before you post.” -via Nag on the Lake


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Watching TV, Then and Now

I grew up watching television—really more than I should have. Back then, to watch a new episode, you had to wait until it aired the next week. If you missed it because you had other plans . . . well, too bad. You missed it.

Now, it’s normal to watch an entire season of a show and only that show for a while. The television watching experience is very different. Tony Wilson of Dorkly summarized it in 5 cartoons. You can view the rest here.


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Neon Lit Jurassic Park and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers

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Digital illustrator Neonardo made these killer videos reimagining the trailers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic Park with neon lights. The result is fantastic. See more of Neonardo's projects on his Tumblr and follow him on social media via Twitter.

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The Riddle of the Sphinx

When you’re a webcomic artist, you can take shortcuts by just making something up that will work. The riddle is solved on a technicality! But don’t thin you’re do smart -after all, Oedipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx and look where it got him. This comic is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Mutant Pirate - He's Jolly But His Name Ain't Roger


Mutant Pirate by Andriu

With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum a pirate will drunkenly saunter their way into your port town and cause trouble, but Logan isn't some eyepatch sportin' swabbie with a peg leg. He's a new kind of pirate, a freaky fellow who has no need of societal norms, and when he shows up in town folks know things are about to get dicey. They call him Wolverine for a reason- he's short tempered, savage, and loves tearing into people with his mighty sharp claws. Those swashbucklers can have their sabers and wenches, all Logan needs to have a good time are a snick snick and a bloodthirsty smile...

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The Set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Is Now on Public Display

For more than three decades, Fred Rogers was our neighbor. Through his television programs, he was a special friend who helped children grow up healthy. If you were a child during his era, you got to visit his neighborhood through the screen. Now you can do so in real life. The Heinz History Center in Rogers’s own city of Pittsburgh has several items from his set on public display.

(Photos: Senator John Heinz History Center)

Among them is King Friday’s castle, the Great Oak Tree, Mister Rogers’ living room, and several of his puppets.

-via Daily of the Day

P.S. A few months ago, I read Many Ways to Say I Love You: Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister Rogers. I highly recommend it. This book helped me clarify who I want to be as a father.


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Upcoming Movies of 2015, Simplified to Icons



This movie poster created by Silenzio is a collection of icons representing 35 movies to be released in 2015. Some are easy to guess, some not so much. See how many you can decipher. Check out this Facebook post in order to see some of the answers. -Via Gizmodo 


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Women’s Ideal Body Types throughout History

What does it mean to be a beautiful woman? This is a subjective question. The answer varies from culture to culture. BuzzFeed offers this video highlighting feminine beauty standards in different countries and periods of history, including ancient Egypt, China during the Han Dynasty, Victorian Britain, and 1960s America.


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Animals Who Love Laundry Day

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Those who keep dogs and cats as pets know that they have an affinity for the laundry basket. Dirty laundry? sure. Clean? You bet. Either way, it smells like their human and it's piled high with layers of fabric comfort. Lying on it works... chewing on it is always good too. Unravel a string to see where it all leads? Fantastic idea. Another day, another basket. Surely you didn't want to keep that fresh-smeliing, clean pile seconds out of the dryer to yourself, did you? If so, these animals raise a paw to object. 

See more dogs and cats luxuriating in laundry here. 



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Extreme Pogo Artists are Insane

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You could call them insanely good. This combination extreme sport and art form is called Xpogo, and it looks terrifying. At least these guys are wearing helmets. That only makes sense, as the best practitioners are well aware of how many falls it takes to achieve this level of competence (otherwise they'd be dead). This compilation is brought to you by the folks who do the People Are Awesome series. -Thanks, Dan!  

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The Best Hotel Concierge Ever Gives a Guest Nick Cage Pictures

At a fancy hotel like the Hotel Indigo along San Antonio’s Riverwalk, the concierge staff is there to ensure that your special (but legal) needs are tended to. Imgur member FreePsychicReadings decided to put them to the test. She asked a concierge to place on her bed a framed photo of actor Nicholas Cage as he appeared in the movie Con Air.

Ramon the concierge was prompt, efficient, and accurate.

But the test wasn’t over. The guest wanted more Nicholas Cage pictures—and specific ones—placed in particular areas of her room. You can view more photos and screenshots from their exchange here.

-via 22 Words


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Hedgehog Dumplings

Look at these adorable little hedgehogs! Don’t you just want to eat them up? That’s what you do, because they are dumplings, stuffed with sweet cream filling. But they are only available at one restaurant, in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, Japan.

The spiky little treats are available at Yoseigo, a dim sum takeout joint that’s been in business since 1946. If you’re after orthodox fare, Yoseigo has steamed shrimp dumplings, egg rolls, and the like. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, and also a little playful, you can’t go wrong with their hedgehog dumplings.

The palm-sized snacks appear to be steamed first, and then later deep-fried to help give them a more defined shape. This brings us to what might be the only negative point about the hedgehog dumplings. Though they have a pleasantly crisp texture, the “quills” on their spiky backs are indeed a little sharp, so you’ll want to chew carefully to keep from poking yourself.

The dumplings are available individually or in economical herds, er, multi-packs to go. See more pictures at Rocket News 24. -via Nag on the Lake

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The Cubitat: Necessities of Living, Fit Inside a Cube



Cubitat is a 10 x 10 x 10 cube that features a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry and storage. Presented at Toronto’s Interior Design Show recently, the Cubitat is the concept of Urban Capital developers David Wex and Mark Reeve and designer Luca Nichetto. Once the cube makes it past the prototype phase, the developers plan to make it available for customization and purchase online.

The developers call Cubitat a a “plug and play” living space, in that it's fully functioning when hooked up to plumbing and power. 

See additional photos and learn more about Cubitat's features and limitations here.  



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Man Proposes to His Girlfriend with a Traffic Speed Camera

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Being a romantic sort, Christian Breier found the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. He drove over the speed limit past a traffic speed monitoring camera near his home in Leipzig, Germany. While doing so, he held up a sign saying (in German), “Will you marry me?”

A police computer issued him a ticket and mailed it to him, along with a photo of his car speeding past the camera. When Breier’s girlfriend opened up the ticket, she found his marriage proposal. Justin Huggler describes the challenges of this proposal in the Daily Telegraph:

That meant it was a delicate operation, and Mr Breier said it took him five attempts at driving past the cameras holding the sign up before he went fast enough to trigger the camera.

Far from being offended at Mr Breier’s flouting of the law and abuse of their speed camera, local officials in the small town of Merseburg seem to have decided to play along when they discovered Mr Breier’s ruse, because they took the unusual step of sending a print of the speed camera photo blown up to A4 size.

Mr Breier’s 29-year-old girlfriend, who gave her name only as Anja, told reporters: “We had spoken about marriage before. And I told him he’d have to think of a cool way of proposing.”

Mr Breier’s response to the challenge cost him a €15 fine, but as far as he was concerned, it was worth it: she said yes.


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Lost Dog, a Budweiser Commercial to Air During the Super Bowl

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"Lost Dog" is another in the grand tradition of Super Bowl commercials by Budweiser, which often feature the company's iconic Clydesdale horses. In this tearjerker, a follow-up to last year's ad "Puppy Love," a yellow Labrador retriever puppy is accidentally taken a long distance from his home and farm friends, and he must find a way to make it back. See the video below for "making of" footage.

In related Super Bowl puppy ad news, GoDaddy made a Super Bowl advertisement that was intended to be a parody of this Budweiser ad, yet they pulled it after backlash from groups such as the SPCA and change.org, who argued that it encouraged puppy mills and inhumane breeding. This article in Variety goes so far as to suggest that GoDaddy planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt, which makes sense given how many media outlets are covering the story. What do you think, readers? -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Salvation Lies Through The Songbird - Heed The Call


Salvation Lies Through The Songbird by Barrett Biggers

Columbia soars through the skies on wings of freedom and patriotism, but if anyone tries to sow the seeds of dissention on that city-ship in the sky there's an even more high flying force there to stop them- the Songbird. He doesn't sing a pleasant song, nor does he have beautiful feathers for folks to admire as he soars through the sky, but he does have terrible claws with which to rend flesh from bone and the force of Comstock's Founders behind him.

Sport this Salvation Lies Through The Songbird t-shirt by Barrett Biggers around town and shock your fellow fans with this awesomely artistic design!

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24 Origins of Cheese Names

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It’s true that most cheeses are named after their place of origin, so John Green goes ahead to tell us the story of the cheese’s origin as well. Even cottage cheese was once made in cottages. However, there are some in which the name is a little more complicated, like Monterrey Jack (there is a Jack involved). There’s even a cheese named after another cheese! Learn about two dozen cheese names in this week’s mental_floss List Show.

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Beware Of Dogs Pretending To Be Human

Dogs have been man's best friend ever since a poem in the New York Literary Journal coined the term back in 1821, but they're best friend in title only and tired of being treated like second class mammals.

The way dogs see it if they can do what humans do then their ranking in the mammalian pecking order is guaranteed to go up. However, dogs acting like humans may sound like fun, but as these images will show it could mean the beginning of the end for both felines and mankind!

It all started back in those black and white toned days of yore, when some lazy nanny decided to let the family dog take over for the afternoon

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Dogs soon discovered that if they could perform those menial tasks that humans hate they'd soon be offered a job

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Jobs would lead to social status and an income, and humans would begin to entrust them with more responsibility in society

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So dogs taught themselves how to drive to work every morning just like a human

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The Alien Chestburster Scene

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It’s a scene that we will never, ever forget. The 1979 film Alien introduced the monster (later known as the Alien Queen or the xenomorph) by having it emerge from John Hurt’s chest where it was apparently incubating. We were shocked by the violent "birth," horrified by the idea of an alien growing inside his body, and also surprised by the death of a major movie star so early in the film. The new series Art of the Scene by Cinefix looks at the nuts and bolts of conceiving, designing, and pulling off the horrific scene in the days before non-stop CGI. -via Laughing Squid


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Yeti Takes to the Streets of Boston in Snowstorm

As snowstorm Juno fell upon the streets of Boston, another entity appeared to further whiten the streets: a creature by the name of The Boston Yeti. Armed with a furry suit and a Twitter account (@BostonYeti2015), the Yeti, which until now was only the stuff of legend, is creating documented snow prints all over town. Defying curfews and braving snowdrifts, this urban snowman isn't so abominable: he even expresses on Twitter his wish for the Boston populace to stay safe. 

Read more and see additional pictures of the Yeti at the Boston Globe.

Image: @BostonYeti2015 on Twitter

 

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Awesome Dad Builds Portable LEGO Creation Station for His Son

Tez Gilmir’s son loves LEGO. He’s obsessed with it and his father wants to promote this creative hobby. So he built this large, portable kit that folds and unfolds as needed. There’s even a built-in stool! The cabinet is made out of plywood with 3D printed lettering. The bins are labeled for easy sorting. They all lock in place when it’s folded up. You can read and download copies of the plans here.


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Teddy Bear the Porcupine Predicts the Super Bowl Winner

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For the past three years, Teddy Bear the Porcupine, "prognosticator of prognosticators," has correctly predicted the winning team of the Super Bowl. Teddy does it using the only acceptable method: corn on the cob. Then, in Teddy's usual way, he has a word with his adoring fans. Gamblers and sports fans, take heed! -Via Tastefully Offensive

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The Cruelest Oscar Award Presentation of All-Time

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

“Katharine Hepburn runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.” This quote, by famed writer-critic Dorothy Parker, was put forth about an early performance of Katharine Hepburn. As a young actress, Kate was also dubbed "box office poison.”

Born and raised to have an independent mind and spirit, young Kate broke the mold of every actress in history. She wore pants and no make-up, and refused to pose for pictures, grant interviews or sign autographs. She wasn't popular or well-liked in Hollywood.

But as we all know, she was, within a few short years, to become one of the most acclaimed and admired actresses in the history of Hollywood and the movies. She is truly now regarded as one of the movie's immortal figures- imitated, studied, and admired by any and every actress, young or old. To put it in simplest terms, Katharine Hepburn was the Meryl Streep of her time.


Katherine Hepburn in Morning Glory.

It was for the 1932-33 Academy Awards that Katharine received her very first Oscar nomination. Young Kate was nominated for her performance as “Eva Lovelace" in the movie Morning Glory. Her nomination was surprising enough, and she didn't even bother to show up for the awards ceremony. (In retrospect, one wonders if she would have found the evening's show amusing.)

Host for the ceremony that year was legendary liberal humorist, Will Rogers. Rogers was quite possibly the most beloved comedian-humorist in American history. He was definitely slanted left as a liberal, but conservatives loved him and were hardly ever offended by his humor. He showed so much common sense in his observations, no one took any offense at his remarks and barbs.

Rogers spent much of the evening making wisecracks about the Republicans, Hollywood big shots and phonies, even Oscars lobbying (this predated Jon Stewart's similar targets in his Oscar hosting stint by 73 years).

His rudest joke, however, was reserved for the awarding of the evening's Best Actress award.

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San Francisco Zoo Has Just the Thing For Spurned Lovers on Valentine's Day



The San Francisco Zoo is running what they call a Valentine's Day special: the adoption of a Madagascar hissing cockroach or a giant hairy scorpion. Why? To honor your ex, of course.

A zoo donation of $25 will not only aid conservation efforts for the species you select, but it also pays for an adoption certificate with the name of your ex on it, along with a small plush scorpion or several plastic cockroaches in "a cute little red box." Just the thing for sending to your former love interest cum creepy crawler! The zoo's website describes the scorpion adoption as follows, 

"So the latest affair didn't work out and given your ex's record-breaking ability to move on, you suspect foul play. Well, nothing soothes the sting like the adoption of a giant hairy scorpion in honor of your former beloved. It's no surprise, these invertebrates are aggressive, active, and alarmingly nocturnal. Much like your low-life ex, they are usually found in and around low-elevation valleys where they dig elaborate burrows or "caves." Also just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pinchers and stings the prey. After the prey is immobilized, the scorpion tears the carcass apart with its pinchers and begins feeding. Charming... We can't make any promises, but urban legend says that the gift of a scorpion adoption serves as permanent protection against future romantic stings. Let the healing begin."

The cockroach copy is scarily similar. Adopt-a-roach, see additional pictures and more at the San Francisco Zoo website.

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Barack Obama Does “Uptown Funk”

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Fadi Saleh of the YouTube channel baracksdubs has been working steadily to edit the president into singing songs for years now. This time he’s outdone himself, as Obama does the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars song “Uptown Funk.” -via Viral Viral Videos


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Child Illustrates 80s Pop Music

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Little Sam Burnett first heard Devo's song "Whip It" when he was about two years old, and he couldn't get enough. The experience had a huge effect on him, and he began to obsess over 1980s music after that.

The next song that Sam's mom (also an 80s music enthusiast) intoduced him to was "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins. Sam became hooked on the genre. He even created a drawing that illustrated the song, and has been doing it ever since. Take a look at Sam's illustrations over the years. His charming visual interpretations of the music are classics.

See a bigger collection of Sam's 80s music artwork here. 

Crazy for You, Madonna

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Facehuggers - Misguided Feline Affection


Facehuggers by Matt Parsons

Everybody is always talking about those xenomorphic facehuggers that look like alien bugs, but what about the furry facehuggers that we've let into our homes? They're not looking to lay eggs in your abdomen, or spread terror throughout the galaxy, they just really like the way your warm breath feels on their tummies! Cats are already taking over the interwebs, and before you know it they'll have taken over the universe, so get those faces ready for a hugging humanity!

Give the world a geeky hug with this Facehuggers t-shirt by Matt Parsons, and share your twisted sense of humor with the world!

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Florida Woman Tells Police She Knew Truck Was Stolen, But Not “That Stolen”

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There are degrees of stolenness. Something can be just a smidgen stolen. Something else can be fairly well stolen. Or, in more extreme cases, an item can be very stolen or even profoundly stolen. The gradations can be subtle, but they are not invisible.

Alas, for this woman in Sandestin, Florida, police did not accept her argument that the truck she was in was not as stolen as they believed. The Daily News reports:

When officers pointed out that she knew the vehicle had been stolen, she replied, “I didn’t think it was that stolen,” according to the report.

She is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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Why Children Need to Be Quiet

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Children make up a particularly gullible audience, so its very tempting to impress them with whatever nonsense you want to concoct, and sometimes those tall tales have a positive effect. Or one like this could just as easily scar them for life. This tall tale was inspired by a real-life train ride with children. It was produced by British animation studio Kilogramme, which had already produced another episode of tall tales you can see here. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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